Our Papa’s Digs for WYD 2013

Take a look at the room Pope Francis will occupy during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio.

I’m not one who likes over-decorated houses. But this room is too spare for more than an overnight, at least for me. I like homey touches that say sit down, relax and stay awhile.

At the same time, this clean, calm space has a kind of simple elegance. I can imagine it would be quite restful after a day of dealing with intrusive cameras, huge crowds and the noise that goes with them. The only thing missing is a comfortable chair for relaxing. Hopefully, there is one off camera. 

Source: CNA

The room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day Rio 2013 Credit Intermirificanet CNA 7 15 13The room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day Rio 2013.

Credit: Intermirifica.net.

  • Alfred Lansing

    Who released that photo? If it was the Holy See, I’m afraid our Papa lost all the merit for this sacrifice.

  • FW Ken

    Arguably, the Holy Father doesn’t see the room as a sacrifice. I’ve made enough retreats in monastery guesthouses to be impressed with the room. It’s large and has that beautiful floor. There might be a comfortable chair for reading off to the right. Typically, a guesthouse room is small with a single bed, table and lamp by the bed, a desk and desk chair, and a comfortable chair for relaxed reading. It usually has a private or semi-private bath.

    From everything I’ve read, Papa Francis lives in the Vatican guesthouse not from humility, but because he prefers being around people.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Yikes, that is sparse. Katrina must be having a heart attack…lol.

  • cary_w

    That’s a lot nicer than some of the hotel rooms I’ve stayed in before! Why would he want anything fancier? The humble man needs no more than to have his basic needs met.

  • Ryan Hite

    I feel like this is a result of the media getting their message out, but I feel like Francis would stay in a regular hotel room with a bunch of other people because he likes to be around them and the Catholic Church can play the humility card all day. With the media casting a shadow over the RCC, a good story helps heal an increasingly wounded image.

  • FW Ken

    I think we are trying to impose thinking about humility, when the the things the pope does speak more of simplicity. It’s worth reading the Cistercians, who speak of simplicity more than humility. I would suspect the Jesuits have some form of spiritual approach like that. In any case, it’s clear the pope is doing things the way he wants to, which is different than humility. But, again, we are the ones talking that way, not him.
    There is probably a chest of drawers somewhere in that room, too, so there could be a comfy chair ;-)

  • hotboogers

    “The only thing missing is a comfortable chair for relaxing.”

    I agree, it should be next to a good lamp for reading and have a footstool. Then that would be my dream room.

  • http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/ Imelda

    This room reminds me of the spartan cells of saints from long ago. I admire him for his simplicity. At the end of the day, all a body needs is a (comfortable) bed and some quiet to sleep. Any other decoration and luxury will disappear once one closes his eyes. :-)


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